Ulm University is a young research university with a focus on natural sciences, medicine and technology. Serving more than 10,000 students, Ulm University offers a dynamic working environment with interesting networking and development perspectives, situated in an economically strong and vibrant region.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalization is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.


The Faculty of Natural Sciences at Ulm University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite applications for a joint tenured appointment as

Full Professor (W3) for Quantum Technologies (m/f/d)
connected with the position as
Director of the DLR-Institute of Quantum Technologies (Ulm)

Ulm University and the DLR are aiming to increase the ratio of female colleagues in their scientific staff and therefore urge qualified female scientists to apply for this position. Both institutions are classified as family-friendly employers.


Severely disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.
The successful applicant will be assigned to Ulm University as a university professor and, in accordance with § 49 (3) LHG, will become the director of the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies (Jülich model).

Ulm University and the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies (DLR-QT) have joined forces on research in the field of quantum technologies for space applications, with an emphasis on developing instrumentation for future space missions involving scientific topics like navigation and Earth observation. The successful applicant will establish a new research direction and serve as the Director of the Institute.

We seek a candidate with internationally renowned expertise in quantum technologies. His or her specific research area should complement those already represented in the Institute: Quantum Information and Communication, Quantum Metrology, and Integration of Micro- and Nanosystems. Possible topics include Quantum Sensing, Quantum Computing or Quantum Simulation; however, other promising research directions in quantum technologies are welcome.

Not only should applicants have been successful in the acquisition of third-party research funding, but their candidacy will also profit from having gained experience working with partners from industry. Furthermore, the successful candidate will have initiated and conducted internationally cutting-edge research projects. Collaboration with University research facilities, DLR institutes and the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST) is requested.

Additional qualifications of importance to the position include polished communication skills, pedagogical competence, teaching experience in an academic setting, and success in the acquisition and management of research projects in the area of space research. The new professor will offer courses in quantum technologies, subject to a reduced teaching obligation of 2 hours per week. Topics are not restricted solely to the field of physics, but may also lie at the interface with the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology. Opportunities to engage in the academic self-governance of Ulm University will be accorded in agreement with respective state laws for higher education.

All application documents will be made available to the faculty search committee of Ulm University and the selection committee of the DLR.

Prerequisites for appointment include an earned doctorate in physics or engineering sciences, pedagogical aptitude and additional tenure-relevant academic qualifications according to §47 of the Baden-Württemberg regulations for universities (LHG).




Your contact for further information:
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schleich,
DLR, Tel. +49 731 50-23080,
wolfgang.schleich@uni-ulm.de

Prof. Kay Gottschalk,
Universität Ulm,
Tel. +49 731 50-23012
kay.gottschalk@uni-ulm.de

Organization: Birgit Körner,
Tel. +49 731 50-22030
birgit.koerner@uni-ulm.de

We look forward to your application via our online application portal
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